Animals Free activities Museums

Monte L. Bean Museum

This display will greet you as you enter the museum.

This display will greet you as you enter the museum.

 

The Bean Museum at BYU has been closed for the last year for renovations, but in June 2014 it reopened. We went down to check out the new look of the museum. First of all, the entrance to the museum has moved. It is now on the east side of the museum and the outside has windows with displays to view as you walk toward the entrance from the parking lot which is on the north side of the building.

 

As you enter, there is a welcome desk where you will need to pick up your parking permit. There is also a large display with African animals to view, and a larger gift shop to shop in. On the bottom floor, there are a few different areas to check out. There is a room filled with birds much like the old bird display, as well as the insect display that was in the old museum. The insects section has some new exhibits that my boys were fascinated with, such as how a mosquitoes mouth works. Also, on the bottom floor, you can see the ocean animals and the rest of the African animals. Shasta is still a part of the museum, so make sure to find her, too!

The birds are in beautiful new cases and their own room.

The birds are in beautiful new cases and their own room.

The butterfly is the same, and we still love it!

The butterfly is the same, and we still love it!

There were some new insect displays to look at.

There were some new insect displays to look at.

There is a large room where most of the other exhibits either are located or connect on to.

There is a large room where most of the other exhibits either are located or connect on to.

The African display is almost exactly the same here.

The African display is almost exactly the same here.

Shasta the liger is still part of the Bean Museum.

Shasta the liger is still part of the Bean Museum.

 

There are two new additions to the bottom section of the museum. There is a large room which houses Boyd K. Packer’s artwork and other items from his personal life. The other addition is a small play area for the children with a cave to crawl in and slide. This was a very popular place to play.

Boyd K Packer made many carvings like this one and they are on display now at the Bean Museum.

Boyd K Packer made many carvings like this one and they are on display now at the Bean Museum.

The new play area is a lot of fun!

The new play area is a lot of fun!

 

Once you head upstairs, you will see lots of animals posed in more active situations. In the old museum, most of the animals were just lined up, but now they have them interacting and looking more alive if that is possible with dead animals.

 

The displays are more lifelike.

The displays are more lifelike.

Upstairs has lots of animals "in action." We love the natural light in this area.

Upstairs has lots of animals “in action.” We love the natural light in this area.

 

The new museum is much more open and light. The new design is beautiful and we enjoyed being in the new Bean Museum.

 

The new design is more open and light.

The new design is more open and light.

One more special treat is we requested a live animal show since we came with our neighborhood friends. This was definitely the best part of our visit. The presenter was fun and we were able to see and touch a snake, gecko, and tortoise. The children enjoyed this show the best. They host their animal shows in private classrooms now which we felt made a nice, quiet atmosphere for learning from our presenter as well as appreciating the animals. If you would like to request a live animal show for your school or neighborhood, read the requirements here.

We loved touching the different animals in our live animal show.

We loved touching the different animals in our live animal show.

The tortoise was quite popular because he moved all around the room.

The tortoise was quite popular because he moved all around the room.

The Bean Museum is located on BYU Campus and has FREE admission. To find the Bean Museum, turn on the road just south of the Marriot Center (Phillips Lane). Follow it to the end and head left on 1550 N. You will pass the Bean Museum on your left, then turn into the parking lot adjacent to the museum. Park here, but make sure to get a parking permit to hang in your window for the duration of your visit. You don’t want to deal with the BYU parking police.

 

The BYU Creamery is right around the corner from the Bean Museum–you can get some great ice cream after your visit. Or if you want to see some animals that are alive, drive to the other side of campus and check out the BYU Botany Pond.